Should I Take Vitamin B12 Supplements?

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If you've been diagnosed with a deficiency or if you are over age 50, absolutely a Vitamin B 12 supplement is a wonderful idea. It's recommended that you take 25 micro grams to 100 micro grams per day. If you are just interested in having adequate B12, and if you have a clear deficiency if you've been diagnosed, actually 1,000 micro grams per day is what is recommended under the care of your physician.

So fortified foods, supplements there is a lot of different ways of getting this B12. I like subliquel B12. If you have a survire deficiency of B12 shot can be a great way to go as well, but those do require prescription and they can cause a little bit more. So for a lot of people just getting started with either a fortified breakfast cereal, and the B12 supplement that they take can be a great way to go.

One of the differences in B12 between found in food naturally and fortified is that in animal protein you need lots of stomach acid to physically unlock that B12 from the animal protein. Whereas if you are taking fortified breakfast cereal or fortified say soy milk not even a supplement, you don't need that stomach acid to unlock that B12.

The B12 arrives already in a form that can then be absorbed further down in your gastrointestinal tract.